Many South Africans (myself included) often lament the state of local broadband speed, routinely pointing out how fast things are in European and Southeast Asian countries, but where does the Rainbow Nation stack up against the rest of the world?
Answering that question, for 2018 at least, is cable.co.uk, which recently released rankings for 200 countries across the globe, following the completion of an estimated 163 million speed tests.
Where did South Africa rank in the Worldwide broadband speed league?
Well if you’ve read this headline, you already know that South Africa is listed at 76. It’s a respectable number, but nothing to really write home about.
Delving deeper into the findings, it’s a jump of four places compared to last year’s speed league. The mean download speed is 6.38Mbps, which is quite a bit off the global average of 9.10Mbps. Also a typical HD movie, estimated at 5GB in size, takes 1 hour and 47 minutes to download locally.
As far as how SA fared against other countries on the continent, Madagascar is the highest ranking in Africa and 22nd globally.
The island manages to clock average download speeds of 24.87Mbps, with cable.co.uk crediting the underwater EASSy cable that provides connectivity to the country’s urban centres.
Out of interest the number one spot was claimed once again by Singapore at 60.39Mbps, followed by the Scandinavian trio of Sweden (46.00 Mbps), Denmark (43.99 Mbps) and Norway (40.12 Mbps). Romania (38.60 Mbps) jumped a massive 13 places from last year to complete the top five countries.
While this report is certainly illuminating, and shows that South Africa still some way to go until it can call itself a world leader in terms of broadband speed, a more telling report would be how readily accessible connectivity is in the country, as well as how much of the population is connected.
These are parameters that do not figure into cable.co.uk’s Worldwide broadband speed league. Nevertheless, it makes for interestign reading.